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Lin and Harden are paying dividends
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On January 2, 2013 @ 3:00 pm In All,Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY Sports
One month into the 2012-13 NBA season, the James Harden-Jeremy Lin backcourt for the Houston Rockets sputtered.
It reached a point where some analysts suggested the Rockets might be better off bringing Lin off the bench. At $8.3 million perseason, that was one expensive backup point guard.
There were traditional and advanced statistics to prove Harden and Lin weren’t clicking. In the first month of the season:
Now, 15 games is a small sample size for sure, but the early returns suggested Lin and Harden weren’t the dynamic combo the Rockets expected.
But beyond a small sample, a series of other factors were neglected. Harden was acquired just before the start of the regular season and didn’t have a training camp to work with Lin and his new teammates. Lin was in his first season as the known starter headed into Game 1 and was learning a new offense with new teammates on a very young team. Houston’s opening-night starting five included Harden (fourth season), Lin (third season), Omer Asik (third season), Marcus Morris (second season) and Chandler Parsons (second season).
Rockets coach Kevin McHale understood it required time and patience, with patience being the most trying part.
“Until the team really understands how you play – every team has a style and a lot of teams are trying … [For more on Lin and Harden are paying dividends for Rockets: NBA A-Z, click here.]
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